Civilian injured as Indo-Pak armies clash at IB, LoC

Jammu: A civilian has been injured in a fresh exchange of fire between the two estranged armies along the border and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Poonch districts.

A civilian identified as 38-year-old Subhash Chander sustained a bullet injury on his foot at Sai Khurdin in Arnia sector, officials said. He is being treated at Government Sub-District Hospital in R S Pura,

“There was unprovoked firing of small arms and mortar bombs by Pakistan Rangers from 2200 hours last night on five Border Out Posts (BoPs) along the International Border (IB) in Arnia and R S Pura sectors intermittently”, BSF Spokesman said today.

The firing continued during the night in Arnia and R S Pura Sector intermittently, he said, adding that five BSF outposts in the area were targeted.

“Earlier, the fire was with smalls arms. Later on 82 mortar bombs were also fired by the Rangers. When left with no option, BSF troops retaliated the fire befittingly”, the spokesman said.

“The firing and shelling continued till 0500 hours this morning. No loss of men and material has been reported so far from BSF”, he said.

PRO, Defence, Jammu, Col Manish Mehta said today that “Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in Poonch sector and Balakote overnight and shelled forward posts and civilian areas with 120 mm and 82 mm mortar bombs.

“There was unprovoked violations by Pak army in Poonch sector using 82mm mortars from 0045 hours to 0330 hours today and the CFV which commenced in Balakote sector last evening at 1900 hours continued till midnight using 120 mm mortar bombs”, Col Mehta said.

“We retaliated at both places effectively. No casualty to our troops till last reports came in”, he said. (PTI)